GSC EVERGREENS ON PILGRIMAGE / HERITAGE TRIP TO MALACCA

This Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 saw the Evergreens Ministry of the Good
Shepherd Church, Setapak, KL make a second Pilgrimage, this time being a one day
Pilgrimage / Heritage Trip to the Historical City of Malacca. (Our first pilgrimage was to St
Theresa’s Church in Nilai )
A full busload of 44 Evergreens , the oldest at 82, departed GSC Setapak at 8.00am on
Wednesday 18 th Sept 2019 to commence our Pilgrimage cum Heritage trip. On the bus as we
left KL, we prayed the Rosary and sang some Marian songs.

First Stop (Pilgrimage) : St. Peter’s Church , the oldest functioning Catholic Church in
Malaysia. We were met by church elder, Mr Desmond De Souza, who so eloquently
provided us with an entralling historical background of this majestic and iconic church that
has stood the test of time for over three centuries (since 1710 ).
We were fortunate to be still there at 12 Noon when the church bells in the belfry of the
church tolled the ANGELUS as we prayed the Angelus.
Thereafter, some of us visited and bought some very nice gifts and items from their very
unique “St. Pete’s Gift Shoppe”, whilst others strolled the grounds or visited the Passion
Room and the Marian Room within the Church.

Second Stop ( Pilgrimage) : Church Of St Francis Xavier , another iconic structure in the
form of a twin spired church that was built in 1849 and reputed to have been modelled
after the Cathedral of St. Peter in Montpellier, Southern France. We were warmly greeted
by Mr Colin Goh and Ms Doris Tan. In the church, Ms.Doris efficiently briefed us and
showed us slides of the history of this very significant Church that was built in honour of St
Francis Xavier, the Patron Saint of Missionaries.
We were privileged to be given the opportunity to venerate the Relic of St Francis Xavier .
We then toured the grounds of the church which included the Crypt underneath the Church
and the Church’s museum. And lucky us, we additionally had Sister Stephanie of the Holy
Infant Jesus Convent, Malacca, on hand to guide us through the Church’s museum that day.
Due to the HAZE and also lack of time, we had to skip the full Heritage Walk via the
Stadhuys and up to St Paul’s Hill to see the old burial site of St Francis Xavier . The group
had a novelty lunch of Chicken Rice Ball at the famous Jonker Street.

Third Stop (Pilgrimage/Heritage) : Statue of Christ The Redeemer and Chapel of The
Immaculate Conception at The Portuguese Square / Portuguese Settlement.
A nice group photgraph was taken at the base of the looming Statue of Christ The
Redeemer after which some of us said our own personal prayers there.
It was unfortunate that the chapel was closed so we were not able to enter the chapel.
Some did however visit a little gift shop which also held a small Portuguese Museum and
were fortunate to have been given a short briefing by its owner/operator, Mr Jerry.
We enjoyed a short tea break at the Portuguese Square where our own Evergreen, Mr
Lawrence De Souza (a local Malaccan of Portuguese descent ) introduced everyone to “Pang
Susi“ a Portuguese chicken bun.

Fourth Stop ( Heritage ) : On the expanse of newly reclaimed piece of land by the coast to
be called Impression City” stands a modern building, South East Asia’s largest performing
arts theatre called ENCORE MELAKA . This was where we were treated to 70 minutes of an
awe-inspiring Historical & Heritage Show performed by nearly 200 real life performers
accompanied by high tech and revolutionary digital projections. Here was a theatre which
has the whole audience platform rotating 360 degrees around 240 meters of multiple built-
in hydraulic stages. The various stories were told through the art of song, dance and
scenery that had us travelling on a voyage thorough time and space.
Before leaving Malacca for home, we stopped at the Portuguese & Nyonya Restaurant for a
sumptuous dinner of…… you guessed it, Portuguese and Nyonya cuisine.
After a long day, the two hour plus drive back to KL saw many snoozing (and snoring) in the
bus. We arrived safely back at our good old GSC, tired but certainly more inspired after this
meaningful Pilgrimage.

GOD IS GOOD , ALL THE TIME.

 

ENCOUNTERING JESUS FORMATION CAMP 遇见耶稣善牧营

Held in Radiant retreat campsite, Janda Baik
Total of 85 participants, young and not so young, fellowship and faith-building.

也可说是山明水秀,更好说是山陡水冷;
有的爬上爬下爬得气喘吁吁,有的钓鱼掉进冷冽的湖里扑通
朴通。
三天两夜里,志明带众人上了耶稣掌舵的船,能够和祂和好
和他人和好,能够在他人身上看到祂明认祂成就的事,能够
肯定自己的身份信仰并付诸实行,真正如鱼得水。
善哉,遇见如此彼此遇见如此耶稣。

营员回馈

 一切那么完美,感谢!
 这个营让我更接近耶稣,重燃信仰的热火
 Excellent experience
 期待《遇见耶稣》2.0
 跟教友更认识了,我好 高兴可以参加这个camp, 舍不得说再见
 ‘两条鱼’的比喻 。。。太震撼了
 Thank you Jesus, for loving me.

 

Evergreens’ Pilgrimage to St Theresa’s Church

PILGRIMAGE BY THE EVERGREENS  OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD CHURCH , SETAPAK, KUALA LUMPUR TO THE CHURCH OF ST. THERESA , NILAI  FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY MISSIONARY YEAR 2019.

Nilai, 12TH June 2019 :

Eighty six (86) Evergreens ( formerly know as Senior Citizens) of the Good Shepherd Chuch , Setapak KL , together with our Parish Priest , Rev. Fr. Christopher Soosaipillai, in two chartered buses, headed for the Church of St. Theresa, Nilai , a church  selected as a “ Pilgrimage Church” for the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019 ( EMY 2019). On arrival, the group was joined by at least another 10 other parishioners from the Good Shepherd Church who had made their own way there

We were welcomed so very warmly by Rev. Fr. Eugene Benedict and his team as we all gathered near the entrance ( Station 1 )  in front of the statue of St.Therese of Lisuiex and the Crucifix of Christ.

Rev. Fr. Eugene in welcoming us, gave us a comprehensive  introduction of what we were going to do during this pilgrimage and also led us in prayer. He even “sprinkled”  little rose petals on all of us in recognition of St. Therese who is also known as “ The Little Folwer”.

Being the perfect hosts that they are, Fr. Eugene and his team did not forget that we needed to be fed and  treated us to a warm and welcomed breakfast of delicious ” Char Bee Hoon” with coffee and tea for all. He joked that this was to give us  energy for our “arduous pilgrimage walk” that was to follow.

The “ Pilgrimage Walk – Walking In The Light Of St. Theresa’s Life Journey”, commenced with all of us coming to Station 3 where we all gathered in front of a family picture of St. Theresa and her family  and reflected on the Family Life of St. Theresa.

The pilgrimage walk continued through the following stations where in-depth explanations were given by Rev.Fr. Eugene and meaningful prayers were said at each of the  stations.

Station 4 : St. Theresa’s Devotion To Our Mother.

Station 5 : St. Theresa’s Devotion To Our Church – The Walk.

Station 6 : St. Theresa’s  Pilgrim Church – The Ruins.

Station 7 : St. Theresa On Her Death Bed – The Crying Room  (for those having heavy burdens)

Station 8 : St. Theresa’s Devotion To Our Lady of Fatima  (the grotto and also the little vegetable garden by the side)

Station 9 : We walked “ UP THE RAMP TOWARDS THE ALTAR “ at  Station 9, to go into the temporary but lovely chapel. Here,  our pilgrimage was culminated with a HOLY MASS jointly celebrated by  Rev. Fr. Eugene and Rev. F.r Christopher

During Mass, the very “newly minted”  Evergreens Choir led by our team leader Desmond and mentor Steven did a splendid job in leading the congregation through all the hymns.

 

The chapel, located within the Pastoral Centre serves as a  “temporary church “ because in 2012, the old Church building had been burnt down in a fire that was a result of an electrical short circuit. Only the front facade and part of the back of the church building remains standing now. However, Fr. Eugene informed us of the good news that approval had been received for the church to be rebuilt.   Praise The Lord.

At the end of the Mass,  Fr. Eugene gave a few of the Evergreens the honour of placing  a “Crown of Roses” on the head of the Statue of St Theresa at the altar.

Everyone made donations towards the church , for  the poor and for the Mission year, in cash and also via  grocery items ( for the Orang Asli ) as well as some recyclables.

The group felt that we all RECEIVED so much more than we gave during this pilgrimage  and we are all grateful to Rev. Fr. Eugene and his team for their kind hospitality and especially for the passionate and  clear explanations by Rev Fr. Eugene that made this pilgrimage so meaningful.

We are of course THANKFUL to GOD that we had this opportunity to experience and to be part of this very  SPECIAL pilgrimage. We look forward to visiting St Theresa’s Church again when it is rebuilt.

The LIGHT OF LIFE retreat 【生命之光】避靜

Choir group and Legion of Mary (Mandarin speaking)

12-14 April 2019 Maranatha Janda Baik

Fr Stephen Ng

Sharing from our participants:

這是我第一次參與避靜。

那三天兩夜要完全不能說話,不玩手機,不開任何的data上網。一開始有點不習慣。但是,後來慢慢整理自己的情緒,最終還是可以靜下來。

我給自己的挑戰是更多的時間放在祈禱和靈修方面,這三天兩夜,自己也選了特定的時間去小教堂祈禱,特別是早上大概6點多左右天還沒亮的時候。靜靜地,看著聖體櫃祈禱。感覺很平靜很平安是一個很不錯的經驗。         -Joanne

 

 

此次避静是自己本堂教友大家都认识,就像一家人在一起般。黄进龙神父也熟悉,教友的团结精神也散发出基督的爱,分享也蛮触动我心。我觉温馨,亲切,没压力,感觉主有与我同在。

我都不敢分享,这次却敢了。往后的教堂活动我都想参与,想与耶稣更靠近。

家人埋怨我太多时间在教堂了,姑姑们反对我浪费时间在念经祈祷 ”妳念酱多经也不见得保佑妳的,依然是酱多病痛酱多事”。我还不懂得如何跟她们解释…受到不理解,我多多少少会有点受影响。虽然我相信主,但不晓得为何依然会问主为什么?会想找答案。也开始明了此路难走。                                  -Faustina

 

 

这个避静让我感触甚深。其中一环节神父解释了路加福音中玛利亚和马尔大的互动(路 10: 38-42),表示了在教会团体或善会中事奉的人不单单只是当了马尔大,若我们在事奉的当儿也与耶稣的圣言在一起生活,那我们也当了福音里玛利亚的角色,因为天主的圣言就是身为教友所能得到的最好的一份!

 

身为教友,如果生活中没有了天主的圣言,那么再多的事奉和服务都是徒劳而空洞无实的!

 

-Denis

 

 

 

 

 

THE HUMAN CONNECTION (Formation by Youth)

 

On the 23rd until the 24th of March, the youth ministry of Good Shepherd Church, Setapak, organised a 2 day stay in formation for all the youths of the parish. The formation was titled “The Human Connection” based on the main topic of the formation; communication. The formation was held in the youth centre and had a total of 25 participants.

The entire module was presented by the young leaders in the ministry under the guidance of the Archdiocesan Single Adult and Youth Office (ASAYO). The program spoke about the need of communication in our human life and how to communicate better which is something many of the youth have struggles with based on the feedback from the participants. The final session of the module was especially impactful to the participants as it spoke about listening and two-way communication. In this session, many understood the big difference between listening and hearing and this made them all realise that listening is the most important part of good communication.

No youth program is complete without a little fun as the youth participated in a wonderful campfire night on the first day. The participants were thrilled with the experience as they spent the night toasting marshmallows over the fire, singing along to campfire songs and playing games like charades and flashlight tag.

Overall, the formation was a great success and achieved the objective it was given which was to instil better communication skills among youth and guide them into leadership. It was also a great learning curve for all our leaders to take on the task of giving these sessions which has empowered the participants to do the same. It was a great initiative to kick start the forming of young leaders and successors of the ministry.

 

Written by,

Liliana

 

Good Shepherd Church PIHDM Christmas Party

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you…” Luke 14:13.

The PIHD team truly practiced the above verse by inviting the homeless, the poor, the Orang Asli, and the migrants to a Christmas Party along with their own BECs. What better way to celebrate the birth of our Lord than to bring this glad tidings to the poor.

The Christmas Party was held in the Good Shepherd Church compound on the 17th December 2017. Children from the BECs and volunteers also joined in the fun. Of course, no Christmas Party is complete without the pageant play, as such, a Christmas pageant play organised by BEC was performed in order to show the attendees of other faith what Christmas is all about. The GSC youth organised various games for the children as well.

The attendees were definitely overjoyed when they received their presents which was gotten by Fr. Chris and the PIHDM. Fr. Chris was also the emcee of the event. The attendees also enjoyed the company of a clown who entertained the children with some magic tricks. Overall, everyone enjoyed the food, the games and most importantly the company of each other. Truly, it was a wonderful time of the year!

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Article by,
Santini

Social Justice, Peace and TOB …a migrant’s perspective

Good Shepherd Church (GSC), Setapak recently organised a Kachin Catholic Youth Formation for Myanmarese migrants from Bukit Bintang, Setapak and around its vicinity. Fr. Vincent Shan Lum, a priest from the Myitktina Diocese in Myanmar was in town to facilitate the formation, celebrate the Sacraments and lend a listening ear to the Myanmar community.

The camp was aptly titled, ‘The role of Youths in Social Justice and Peace’. The camp was held in Port Dickson and attended by approximately 60 people. Fr. Vincent, who is the Director of the Justice and Peace Commission in Myanmar explained the function of the Commission in the context of Myanmarese who live outside of Myanmar.

Fr. Vincent spoke at length about social, political, education and economic changes the community is facing and its repercussions. He also drew insights from the participants on the changes they want to see for their state and in the Kachin Catholic Community in Malaysia (CKCM). Majority opined that federalism and peace is a pressing need for Kachin while they would envision having a Kachin Religious Brother/Kachin Catechist for their community here for matters relating to Faith.

The Formation also included the Theology of the Body which was presented by Andrew Teoh from GSC and Ryan James from the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. Fr. Vincent devoutly expressed his appreciation to Fr. Christopher Wilwaraj, parish priest of GSC and to the Migrant Ministry. “Your support to CKCM in Malaysia is extraordinary and very divine. I extend my love and gratitude to all my fellow Kachin in Malaysia. God be with you”, he said in an online posting.

The GSC Migrant ministry who organised this Formation was very pleased to hear positive feedback from the participants too thus encouraging them to continue to work in solidarity with these migrants.

Participant feedback –

First and foremost, such a gathering itself is already part of human formation. It’s out of our routine which made us really precious for our busy and stressful life! During these days we are so blessed to know about our body which is a gift from God and the awareness of sexuality which is also a precious gift from God. Sometimes we really misunderstand sexuality and we unconsciously abuse it many times. But now we are aware of its preciousness! On the other hand, we are so blessed to know about justice and peace that we really need to be informed and to know in this complicated world! In the past we are so ignorant and afraid to know about that topic because we were oppressed by it and grew up with injustice and not in a peaceful environment! That’s why this formation is really a light and hope for all of us! So, from now on we know that we are gifted and we are called to live in justice and peace with body and soul that we received freely from God!

 

Article by Charmaine Amanda